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Round and Round the Garden
Like a Teddy Bear
That's one scary teddy to have in your garden! PS really nice drawing!
Last edited by popicok; June 5th, 2014 at 04:26 PM.
Nemodab - that reminds me very much of the bear from the graphic novel "The Stuff of Legend" Link -- I really like your rendering. Ferocious! What was your process & how long did it take?
Last edited by Ni-Cd; June 5th, 2014 at 02:14 PM.
RoboTed? I like him!
Thanks Ni and Popi! That novel bear has a similar droopy face yea I think I was inspired a bit by the bear in the manga Biomega http://a.mpcdn.net/manga/p/130/4802/17.jpg haha this picture D: I love the way your teddy bear is in sections - part of head and the little ear!
I'll tell you... The process sort of has evolved along with these daily sketches, into something that looks presentable pretty fast and gives room for different moods. I drew this on paper with a pencil loosely for an hour on and off with a picture of a roaring bear on the screen next to me to look at for answers, not necessarily shading much.What was your process & how long did it take?
Then I took a photo of it with my phone and opened it in Photoshop, cropped off the edges and desaturated it. I mapped out the dark bits with a big grey brush on a multiply layer and the light area with an overlay layer - that keeps the linework and texture still intact. Then with a much smaller brush I went over on a normal layer with slightly lighter or darker shades than the picture had to make certain bits more defined and "pop" out.
(After flattening the image) To colour this greyscale image I used to just use the "colour balance" sliders but now I'm experimenting with the "gradient map" - usually picking one colour for the very light(yellow/green), one for the mid tones (pink) and the darkest (blue/purple). If needed I also try the curves or levels sliders to get the contrast right. I spend a lot of time messing with the sliders, so the Photoshop phase takes another 2 or so hours. I'm not sure though I don't pay attention to the time, but I really need to start timing my drawings so I can get more efficient!
TL;DR I draw with pencil and then do some things in Photoshop to get the colour and shade Go ahead and try it if you've got the program/a tablet!
I went for the teddy bears' picnic .. well perhaps more just the bears' picnic ..
Last edited by popicok; June 8th, 2014 at 09:02 AM. Reason: modified image
Thanks Nemo. I was trying to think of a way to make the image more interesting .. and the viewpoint rose .. and then I found myself up a tree! Don't think I quite got the sense of height though, I think perhaps the texture I used for the grass made it a bit flat, maybe there should have been more light contrast.
Haha it's great fun to find yourself up a tree while drawing
Yea I think part of it might be the texture, as you're not fully on top of them the perspective would make the grass straws smaller/blurred out at the top left of the image where you can see further. Also where contrast would've helped would be between the bear's level and the tree branch level; making what's close to you darker and more saturated while what's further down would be slightly lighter and desaturated. It would make each part stand out from each other moreDon't think I quite got the sense of height though
Thanks - I've tweaked the contrast a bit and I think it is improving ..
Here, something for the ladiesss... (?) lol I'm sorry. >///>
GoodSoup - man, great use of light man, Nemodab's right...the arm hair. Well done.
Popi - Yeah, that's a challenging perspective! You did indeed nail the bear anatomy. I think more contrast (darks/lights) might make it pop some more? It's a challenging piece though.
It's great to see the dicussion guys--helps us grow. Glad I stumbled upon the DSG thread.
It is indeed great lighting GS, that arm hair looks almost too real! I just noticed how you change from the orange backlight of the candles to the blue backlight of the next room, on his leg. Great detail!